Ten years later, in 1906, Pietro and Giacomo Moni established Moni Brothers Limited, which catered to the rising demand for Italian beverages and delicacies. Business flourished so much so that soon the Monis established an Italian Club, with a membership of 500 people.In 1914, World War I began making the importation of goods impossible, this persuaded the Moni brothers that it was time to manufacture their own goods locally. In 1915 the Italian Warehouse Company was registered in Johannesburg, and the Monis installed their first machines at the back of their premises.
By 1917 Fatti’s business had grown to such an extent that he had a staff of 31 people and rivalry between Luigi Fatti and the Moni brothers grew stronger until, 1925, a peace treaty was signed between the two families which resulted in the formation of the United Macaroni Factories.
In 1930, despite difficult times due to the Wall Street crash, the Monis opened their first wheat mill in Cape Town to safeguard the supply of their raw materials. By 1953, the Moni brothers secured the controlling Fatti interest in the business and in 1967 they built a large wheat mill and pasta complex in Isando.
In 1982, Tiger Oats took over the controlling interest and the United Macaroni Company became known as Fatti’s & Moni’s. Today Fatti’s & Moni’s is part of Tiger Food Brands Limited, South Africa ‘s largest food company, and continues make the fine quality pasta that South Africans have always loved.
Fatti’s & Moni’s is a part of South Africa’s Italian heritage, but the two names didn’t always live so happily side by side. Luigi Fatti opened a tiny grocery store to do business in early Johannesburg in 1896, selling macaroni, olive oil and wines from Italy. Ten years later, Pietro and Giacomo Moni established Moni Brothers Limited, which catered for the rising demand for Italian beverages and delicacies.
The First World War caused a scarcity of imported goods, so the Moni brothers began to manufacture their own goods locally, and became a huge rival of Fatti’s business. Eventually the competing families signed a peace treaty, and in 1953, the Moni brothers secured a controlling interest in the Fatti business. Tiger Brands finally brought the two companies together as Fatti’s & Moni’s in 1982.
Today, the company continues to produce the fine-quality pasta with Italian authenticity that South Africans have always loved.
DID YOU KNOW
- Pasta is an Italian word meaning ‘paste’, which describes the various products made with flour and water.
- To achieve healthier eating patterns complex carbohydrates, such as pasta, should be included in a balanced diet for the promotion of good health.
- There are various pasta shapes and variants in the Fatti’s & Moni’s range, to enable creativity and versatility in the kitchen.